Archive for July 18th, 2011

Competition, Not Congestion Driving Internet Data Cap Debate

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has struggled for years to deal with an issue that lies at the heart of Internet services in Canada: how can it foster greater competition from independent Internet providers while also addressing telecom and cable company concerns about network congestion.

My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes that in 2009, the CRTC believed it found the right solution. It established Internet traffic management guidelines (often referred to as net neutrality rules) that created limits on how Internet providers could throttle or limit download speeds and encouraged providers to use “economic measures” such as data caps to manage demand by making it costlier to consume large amounts of data.

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July 18, 2011 14 comments Columns

Taking on Big Telecom: A Trip to the CRTC’s UBB Hearings

Torontoist has a terrific piece by Mark Coatsworth on his experience participating in the CRTC usage based billing hearing.

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July 18, 2011 1 comment Must Reads

“Hands off the Internet”

The Ottawa Citizen featured a masthead editorial over the weekend calling on the CRTC to avoid placing new regulations on over-the-top video providers, instead easing restrictions on Canadian broadcasters.

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Competition, Not Congestion Driving Internet Data Cap Debate

Appeared in the Toronto Star on July 17, 2011 as Competitive conditions prompt Web data-cap debate The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has struggled for years to deal with an issue that lies at the heart of Internet services in Canada: how can it foster greater competition from independent Internet […]

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